smart cities

Urban performance is no longer just dependant on a city's hard infrastructure – its 'physical capital' - but increasingly on the availability and quality of communication and social resources. 

The concept of a ‘smart city’ is now being used to describe modern urban competitiveness and highlight the growing importance of social and environmental capital in profiling the attractiveness of a city.

Certain enablers play a key role in this debate, such as information and communication technologies (ICTs) and a move towards an efficient use and consumption of energy.

We are working to integrate different aspects of the current debate. In our view, a smart city must be a good place to live, offering the best possible quality of life with the lowest possible use of resources.

Our work supports developments towards a healthy, energy-efficient city that uses renewable energy sources as much as possible, and is a pioneer in the deployment of advanced smart and ICT-based technologies.

A smart city is also an inclusive place, using technology and innovative solutions to improve social inclusion and combat poverty and deprivation.

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SAVE THE DATE: Cities set standards to be smarter and more sustainable - 19 October

How to replicate smart city solutions? Are standards the right tools for cities? Can the European Standardization Organisations be part of the cities' journey towards a smart and sustainable future?

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start date: 19-10-2017
end date: 19-10-2017

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Smart Tampere : an active autumn for the Finnish city

Active member of the Knowledge Society Forum and signatory of the Green Digital Charter since last year, Tampere's visibility as one of the most active 'smart cities' in Europe is growing.

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publication date: 14-09-2017

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A new EC service offers advisory support for sustainable urban mobility projects

The European Commission announced a new service tailored for public authorities and private companies offering both technical and financial support on sustainable urban mobility projects.

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publication date: 05-09-2017

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Report on 'Urban agenda for the EU' progress is out

One year after the launch of Urban Agenda for the EU, European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN) published a report ‘One Year: pact of Amsterdam’ that aims to map the developments and expected impact of twelve priority areas the Urban Agenda is working on.

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publication date: 01-09-2017

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start date: 14-11-2017
end date: 16-11-2017

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CITYkeys' indicators for smart cities become the basis for a new European technical specification

ETSI - the European Telecommunications Standards Institute- announced the publication of a specification (TS 103 463) that defines indicators for smart cities in Europe.

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publication date: 31-08-2017

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The Ruhr metropolitan region invites you to a day of conference on digitalisation of cities (6 September)

Together with partners, the Ruhr metropolitan region is organising a day of conference on ‘How digitalization change cities – Innovations for the urban economy of tomorrow’.

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start date: 07-08-2017
end date: 07-08-2017

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GDC cities in URBACT catalogue of good practices

Among all 97 good practices published by URBACT on sustainable urban development, three GDC signatory cities stand out for their investment in digital to impulse participatory change in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

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publication date: 03-08-2017

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  •  environment
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Financing Clean Energy for all Europeans

Energy transition for jobs, growth, and investment Joint conference of the European Parliament and the European Commission

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start date: 07-11-2017
end date: 07-11-2017

Silver Economy Award for ICT-related product and service innovations

The Silver Economy Awards is a new initiative to reward ICT-based innovative solutions that improve the lives of European seniors and support the growth of the European Silver Economy.

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publication date: 26-07-2017